Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BNSF adds RailComm remote control derail system

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BNSF’s Amarillo Yard in Texas has added RailComm’s automation system to control derails. RailComm’s outdoor-rated Operator Control Panel provides wireless remote control to severalbi-directional derail locations within the yard. Proximity Detection Loops were selected to provide reliable “over the derail” protection, preventing the derail from being remotely operated when a locomotive is in the protection zone.

RailComm’s Operator Contro lPanel features an event recorder function, which logs all commands and indication state changes from each derail machine. The company’s 2.4 GHz RADiANTTM data radios provide a wireless communications network to link the control panel with the field locations.